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Publication numberUS20020083066 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 09/916,081
Publication dateJun 27, 2002
Filing dateJul 25, 2001
Priority dateDec 26, 2000
Also published asUS6745185
Publication number09916081, 916081, US 2002/0083066 A1, US 2002/083066 A1, US 20020083066 A1, US 20020083066A1, US 2002083066 A1, US 2002083066A1, US-A1-20020083066, US-A1-2002083066, US2002/0083066A1, US2002/083066A1, US20020083066 A1, US20020083066A1, US2002083066 A1, US2002083066A1
InventorsChung-I Lee, Xiao Geng, Xiu Duan, Cai Luo
Original AssigneeChung-I Lee, Geng Xiao Fang, Duan Xiu Ming, Luo Cai Yang
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
System and method for online agency service of data mining and analyzing
US 20020083066 A1
Abstract
A system and method for online agency service of data mining and analyzing is disclosed. The system and method can automatically fetch and analyze data stored in a remote source database (10)based on a data analysis request originated from a client site (3). Initially, the client site (3) sends a data analysis request to the service provider (2). The service provider (2) converts the data analysis request into standard format of query information and search from the source database (10). A plurality of data records are searched and written into a local database (23) contained in the service provider (2). Finally, the service provider (2) analyzes the data stored in the local database and generates a search report which is then sent to the client site (3).
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What is claimed is:
1. A system for online agency service of data mining and analyzing comprising:
a source database having source data stored therein;
a service provider having modules for data mining and analyzing;
a client site comprising a module for sending and receiving information;
wherein the client site sends a data analysis request to the service provider and the service provider fetches source data from the source database based on the data analysis request, analyzes the fetched source data and presents an analyzed report to the client site.
2. The system as claimed in claim 1, wherein the modules for data mining and analyzing comprises a control processing module, a local database, and a data analysis module.
3. The system as claimed in claim 1, wherein the source database is linked to a Web server.
4. The system as claimed in claim 1, wherein the service provider accesses the source database by visiting a Web server associated with the source database.
5. The system as claimed in claim 1, wherein the module for sending and receiving data is a Web browser.
6. The system as claimed in claim 5, wherein the service provider comprises a Web server which may be visited by the Web browser of the client site.
7. The system as claimed in claim 6, wherein the source data stored in the source database are patent specifications.
8. A method for online agency service of data mining and analyzing comprising:
(a) a client site sending a data analysis request to a service provider;
(b) the service provider accessing a source database for data mining based on the data analysis request;
(c) the service provider obtaining a plurality of data records from the source database meeting the data analysis request and storing the data records in a local database;
(d) the service provider analyzing the data records stored in the local database and generating an analysis report;
(e) the service provider presenting the analysis report to the client site.
9. The method as claimed in claim 8, wherein the client site sends the data analysis request to the service provider via a Web browser.
10. The method as claimed in claim 9, wherein the service provider accesses the source database by visiting a Web server associated with the source database.
11. The method as claimed in claim 10, wherein the data records meeting the data analysis request are linked by corresponding number of hypertexts located in a search result Web page and each data record is presented by a corresponding Web page with detailed content.
12. The method as claimed in claim 11, wherein the service provider comprises a control processing module for processing the data stored in the source database and obtaining data records.
13. The method as claimed in claim 12, wherein the service provider comprises a data analysis module for analyzing the data records stored in the local database.
14. The method as claimed in claim 13, wherein the step (c) comprises:
(c1)obtaining the source codes of the search result Web page;
(c2)finding the source codes of the hypertext in order to obtain the address linked to the hypertext;
(c3)the control processing module opening the corresponding detailed content Web page based on the address linked to the hypertext;
(c4)finding corresponding column name in the source codes of the source data Web page identical to predetermined column name of the local database and writing data corresponding to the column name into the local database;
(c5)checking whether there is a next hypertext from the search result Web page. If positive, the procedure is returned to step (c2), otherwise ends the procedure.
15. A transaction method for online agency service of data mining and analyzing comprising:
(a) a client site sending a data analysis request to a service provider;
(b) the service provider performing a search from a source database based on the data analysis request and obtaining a plurality of searched data records meeting the data analysis request;
(c) the service provider calculating required charge according to total number of the searched data records;
(d) the service provider providing the searched data records and required charge to the client site so that the client site can perform a confirmation of request;
(e) the service provider, after receiving confirmation of request from the client site, processing the searched data records and obtaining a plurality of formatted data records which are then written into a local database;
(f) the service provider analyzing the formatted data records stored in the local database and automatically generating an analysis report;
(g) the service provider sending the analysis report to the client site.
16. The transaction method as claimed in claim 15, wherein the client site has a Web browser for sending the data analysis request to the service provider.
17. The transaction method as claimed in claim 16, wherein the service provider accesses the source database by visiting a Web server associated with the source database.
18. The transaction method as claimed in claim 17, wherein the searched data records are linked by corresponding hypertexts which are located in a search result Web page and each searched data record is presented on a Web page.
19. The transaction method as claimed in claim 18, wherein the service provider comprises a control processing module for processing the searched data records and obtaining the formatted data records which are then written into the local database
20. The transaction method as claimed in claim 19, wherein the service provider comprises a data analysis module for analyzing the formatted data records stored in the local database.
21. The transaction method as claimed in claim 20, wherein the step (e) comprises the following steps:
(e1)obtaining source codes of the search result Web page;
(e2)finding source codes corresponding to the hypertext for obtaining an address linked to the hypertext;
(e3)the control processing module opening the corresponding source data Web page based on the address linked to the hypertext;
(e4)finding corresponding column name from the source codes of the source code Web page based on the predetermined column name of the local database and writing corresponding source data attributed to the column name to the local database;
(e5)finding next hypertext from the search result Web page; if the next hypertext exists, the procedure is returned to step (e2), otherwise, the procedure is ended.
22. The transaction method as claimed in claim 15 further comprising a step in which the client site pays the charge calculated in step (c) to the service provider.
23. A transaction method for online agency service of interactive conditional data mining and analyzing, comprising:
(a) a client site sending a data analysis request to a service provider;
(b) the service provider performing a search from a source database based on said data analysis request and obtaining a plurality of searched data records meeting said data analysis request;
(c) the service provider providing the searched data records and a fee schedule showing charges according to different analysis levels based on said searched data records;
(d) the client site sending a message to the service provider with his confirmed selection of a specific analysis level based on at least some of said searched data records;
(e) the service provider, according to said message, processing the collected searched data record and converting said searched data records with required formats into a local database;
(f) the service provider analyzing said formatted data records stored in the local database at said selected specific analysis level, and automatically generating an analysis report; and
(g) the service provider sending the analysis report to the client site.
Description
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0001] 1. Field of The Invention

[0002] The present invention relates to a system and method for online agency service of data mining and analyzing especially a system and method which may provide online agency service of data mining and analyzing upon receiving clients' requirements.

[0003] 2. The Prior Art

[0004] Knowledge becomes more and more important in the knowledge economic era. Knowledge is a synergy result obtained from all aspects of flowing properties and contains structural experience, value, and information expressed by words. The information is obtained by classifying, integrating, and analyzing data originated from papers, journals, or Web sites in order to be a readable and understandable reference for users. It is a focus of industry to precisely and quickly extract useful information or knowledge from huge amount of data

[0005] The developing internet has become the most important and the most rapid tool for query of data. However, the data available from internet is too much to be searched. Therefore, there are provided with many searching engines or searching tools for users to find their required information via key words. The searching tools or engines may narrow the searching scopes a more specific region. However, the specific region actually is still too big for the user to search. It is difficult for a user to extract specific information from hundred or thousand records of data. Moreover, limited to the bandwidth of the internet communication, many downloads are very slow and even more, some of them are disconnected from the Web during downloading, thus affecting the total operation speed.

[0006] Referring to FIG. 1, a conventional service model for providing a data analysis is shown. A client at a client computer 3 searches his/her required data from a source database 10 located at a remote site via internet and downloads the required data from the client computer 3. Normally the searched data are huge yet without being processed or analyzed. It takes time to process and analyze the huge data manually. Some software providers 2 can provide the client with a software system for processing and analyzing a specific field of searched data. For example, these software providers 2 are Aurigin company with its software product IPAM System (see Web site, http://www.aurigin.com) and Wisdomain company with its patent analysis software product PatentLab-II (see http://www.wisdomain.com; http://www.delphion.com). When the client wants to analyze the searched data, he/she needs to buy or download the related data analysis software from the software provider 2 and installed the data analysis software on the client computer 3 for analyzing the searched data. This is a standard client/server service model. Accordingly, the conventional data analysis model needs to perform the following steps:

[0007] (i) The client buys (or free downloads) the data analysis software from the software provider.

[0008] (ii) The client buys and downloads the searched data from the database owner.

[0009] (iii) The client analyzes the searched data by utilizing the data analysis software.

[0010] The above data analysis service has some drawbacks. Firstly, the client may only concern the analyzed result not the procedure. However, the client has to spend time to do the analysis thus wasting time. Moreover, the client may have difficulty to do the analysis using the software thus causing error. Secondly, the data analysis software bought from the software provider may require update frequently thus increasing cost. Thirdly, the client has to buy the searched data from the database owner which may be useless for the client because the client only needs the final analysis result not the huge amount of searched data. Therefore, the conventional analysis service will waste the client's resource such as time and money.

[0011] It is requisite to provide a new method and system for data analyzing service.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0012] The primary purpose of the present invention is to provide a system and method for online agency service of data mining and analyzing.

[0013] Another purpose of the present invention is to provide a system and method of online agency service for data mining and analyzing so that a client can send a request for data analysis to a service provider via internet and the service provider can send back the final analysis to the client after performing series of data mining and analysis.

[0014] According to one aspect of the present invention there is provided a system for online agency service of data mining and analyzing. The system comprises: a source database having source data stored therein; a service provider having modules for data mining and analyzing; and a client site comprising a module for sending and receiving information. In operation, the client site sends a data analysis request to the service provider and the service provider fetches source data from the source database based on the data analysis request, analyzes the fetched source data and presents an analyzed report to the client site.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0015]FIG. 1 is a schematic view showing a conventional service model for providing a data analysis;

[0016]FIG. 2 is a schematic view of a system for online agency service of data mining and analyzing in accordance with the present invention;

[0017]FIG. 3 is a detailed view of FIG. 2;

[0018]FIG. 4 is a flow chart for online data mining in accordance with the present invention;

[0019]FIG. 5 is a partial view of a search result shown in a Web page using “ICL/G06F” as the key word for searching from the database of the United Patent Office Web site;

[0020]FIG. 6 is a portion of the source codes of the Web page shown in FIG. 5;

[0021]FIG. 7 is a partial view of the Web page linked by the hypertext of FIG. 5;

[0022]FIG. 8 is a partial view of the source codes of the Web page of FIG. 7; and

[0023]FIG. 9 is a flow chart of a online transaction method for the system of the online agency service of data mining and analyzing in accordance with the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

[0024] For better understanding the present invention, some terms used in the subsequent description are defined herein.

[0025] Hyperlink: A predefined linkage between one object and another. The link is displayed either as text or as an icon. On World Wide Web pages, a text hyperlink displays as underlined text typically in blue, while a graphical hyperlink is a small graphics image. When the hyperlink text or icon is clicked by the mouse, the linked text or graphics image will be linked and shown on the screen.

[0026] Hypertext: A linkage which is built between related text. Links can be text only, in which case they are underlined, or they can be represented as an icon of any size or shape.

[0027] Internet: A large network made up of a number of smaller networks. Today, the Internet has become commercialized into a worldwide information highway, providing information on every subject known to humankind.

[0028] HTML: Hypertext Markup Language, a document format used on the World Wide Web and also an interpret language allowing programming codes for defining letter form, font, graphics, or hypertext linkage existed in the text. Web pages are built with HTML tags, or codes, embedded in the text. HTML defines the page layout, fonts and graphic elements as well as the hypertext links to other documents on the Web.

[0029] Web page: A World Wide Web document. A Web page is a text file coded in HTML, which may also contain JavaScript code or other commands.

[0030] URL: Universal Resource Locator. The address that defines the route to a file on the Web or any other Internet facility. URLs are typed into the browser to access Web pages, and URLs are embedded within the pages themselves to provide the hypertext links to other pages. For example, the United States Patent And Trademark Office uses www.uspto.gov/index.htm as the address of its home page.

[0031] Browser: A program that lets a user look through a set of data. A browser displays documents on internet and the World Wide Web to user's computer linked to the internet.

[0032] Referring to FIG. 2, a system for online agency service of data mining and analyzing (herein simplified as the agency service system)is shown. The agency service system comprises a source database 10 which may be linked to a Web site, a service provider 2, and a client site 3. A local database 23 is installed in the site of the service provider 2 for storing data extracted from the source database 10. The service provider 2 herein is a server which contains executable software stored therein. A service procedure of the agency service system may be separated into the following steps: (1) The client site 3 sends a data analysis request to the service provider 2. (2)The service provider 2 converts the data analysis request into standard format of query information. (3)The service provider 2 sends the standard format of query information to the source database 10. (4)A searching engine attached to the source database 10 performs data search and obtains a plurality of records of source data meeting the standard format of query information. (5)The service provider 2 performs extraction and classification on the obtained source data and downloads the extracted data to related columns of the local database 23. (6)The service provider 2 performs analysis on the data stored in the local database 23 and obtains an analysis report. (7) The service provider 2 sends the analysis report to the client site 3 and charges the client site 3.

[0033] Therefore, the agency service system of the present invention can serve the client for online data search, download, and analysis.

[0034] Referring to FIG. 3, a detailed system for online agency service of data mining and analyzing in accordance with the present invention is shown. The system comprises a source data Web site 1, the service provider 2 and the client site 3. The source data Web site 1 comprises a Web page server 11 and the source database 10. The source database 10 stores considerable amount of original data which may be presented via a Web page (coded by HTML) by the Web page server 11 upon request from internet users. For any personal computers installed witha browser and linked to the internet may visit the Web server 11 and obtain the required original data. The service provider 2 comprises a control processing module 21, a data analysis module 22 and the local database 23. The client site 3 comprises a Web page browser 31.

[0035] When the source data Web site 1 receives a data search request with a standard format of query information sent from the service provider 2, it will present a Web page 5 via the Web page server 11. The Web page 5 contains a plurality ofhypertext records 50 each of which is linked to a Web page 51 with detailed content. The control processing module 21 of the service provider 2 automatically extracts the searched result, calculates the number of the records and the required charge, and informs the client site 3 of the records and required charge for client site's confirmation of request.

[0036] The control processing module 21 downloads and analyzes the detailed content from each of the Web pages 51 upon receipt of the confirmation of request. FIG. 4 is a flow chart for online data mining. For explanation purpose, a search example is illustrated. The data mining includes the following steps:

[0037] (a) Obtain the searched Web page 5 based on the formatted query information. Referring to FIG. 5, a searched result (Web page 5) taken from the United States patent And Trademark Office Web site (http://www.uspto.gov) by the query information “ICL/G06F” is obtained. For simplification, the searched result is only shown partially. The patent records meeting the query information are shown by hypertext 50. Each hypertext record is linked to a corresponding Web page including detailed content of a specific patent specification.

[0038] (b) Obtain the HTML source codes of the Web page 5. Referring to FIG. 6, a portion of the HTML source codes of the Web page 5 of FIG. 5 is shown.

[0039] (c) Find the corresponding HTML source codes meeting the hypertext 50 and obtain the URL corresponding to the hypertext 50. Referring to FIG. 6, one of the URL meeting a specific hypertext 50 is quoted as—<AHREF=http://patents.uspto.gov/cgi-bin/ifetch4?ENG+PATBIB-1999-2000+0+1+165850+F+1+19984+1+ICL%2fg06f/A>—

[0040] (d) The control processing module 21 opens the corresponding detailed content Web page 51. FIG. 7 is the detailed content Web page 51 corresponding to the URL shown in step (c). FIG. 8 is a portion of the HTML source codes corresponding to the Web page 51 of FIG. 7.

[0041] (e) Find from the Web page 51 the corresponding source code expression meeting predetermined column name of the local database and copy the following data subsequent to the code expression into the local database 23. For example, the local database 23 has a predetermined column name “Inventor” which has a corresponding record cell for storing the corresponding data fetched from the source HTML data of the Web page 51 subsequent to the data expression “Inventor”. In this example, the control processing module 21 will fetch the four data expressions “Goodwin; David W.”, “Cohn; Robert S.”, “Lowney; Paul G.”, and “Rubin; Norman”. Similarly, other data corresponding to other predetermined column names may be fetched from the Web page 51 into corresponding cells of the local database 23, thereby forming a final table of data records 6 as shown in FIG. 3.

[0042] (f) Find the next hypertext 50 from the Web page 5. If the next hypertext 50 exists, the procedure returns to step (c), otherwise the procedure is ended.

[0043] All the detailed contents linked by the hypertexts 50 of the Web page 5 may be selectively extracted to the related column cells of the local database 23 after performing the above procedure. With the above procedure, a search to the remote source database 10 may be performed and the searched data may be automatically fetched by the control processing module 21 from the source database 10 to the local database 23 with a predetermined format.

[0044] Referring to FIG. 9, a transaction mechanism of the system for online agency service of data mining and analyzing is shown. This transaction mechanism comprises the client site 3 having the Web browser 31, the service provider 2 having the Web server 11, and the source data Web site 1. A client (not shown) can visitthe Web server 11 of the service provider 2 via the Web browser 31 of the client site 3, inputting request information in a request Web page 40 and the request information is acknowledged by the Web server 11. The control processing module 21 processes the request information and converts the information request into a formatted query expression and uses the formatted query expression to search from the source data Web site 1. The control processing module 21 automatically generates a request confirmation Web page 41 after performing search based on the formatted query expression. The request confirmation Web page 41 contains all the searched hypertexts 50 and a table 55 showing charges of different analysis modes. The charge for each analysis mode based on the searched hypertexts 50 may be calculated by the following formula:

[0045] charge=(total records×record price)×weight of mode;

[0046] wherein the total records represents the total number of the searched hypertexts, the record price is the price for each record, the weight of mode represents the weight for each specific mode. The weights of different analysis modes are different based on the load duty the service provider 2 has to perform. More specifically, the loads for different modes are different based on an analysis level of each search. For better understanding, an example having three selectable modes is discussed herein. The selectable analysis modes may be A, B, or A+B mode, and each mode has respectively the weight of 1, 1.2, and 1.5. Suppose the number of the searched records is 200, the price for each record is 3 dollars, and the selected analysis mode is mode B, then the charge is 720 dollars (200×3×1.2=720).

[0047] After the client has selected the analysis mode and clicked the icon of confirmation of request in the table 55, the control processing module 21 will fetch the detailed data from the source database 10 to the local database 23 and form the final table 6 of data records. The data analysis module 22 performs analysis on the data records of the final table 6 based on the selected analysis mode and generates an analysis report 7. The analysis report 7 will be shown on a report Web page 42 available to the client. Finally, the client pays the charge to the service provider 2 and finishes the transaction.

[0048] While the present invention has been described with reference to a specific embodiment, the description is illustrative of the invention and is not to be construed as limiting the invention. Therefore, various modifications to the present invention can be made to the preferred embodiment by those skilled in the art without departing from the true spirit and scope of the invention as defined by the appended claims.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification1/1, 707/E17.117, 707/999.1
International ClassificationG06F17/30
Cooperative ClassificationY10S707/99942, Y10S707/99933, Y10S707/99936, G06F17/30893
European ClassificationG06F17/30W7L
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